Preserve the Trappist Monastery Trail in Discovery Bay
- Hong Kong Resort Company ltd, City Management
- Hong Kong
Residents of Discovery Bay are in a campaign to save a popular, beloved hiking and mountain bike trail – the Trappist Monastery Trail.
This trail starts near the top of the Discovery Bay Valley Road, skirts the outline of the Discovery Bay golf course and merges into the concrete footpath built by the Trappsist Haven Monastery to Mui Wo. Besides, being a popular hiking/mountain bike trail, it is also one of Discovery Bay’s land route to Mui Wo to which bicycles have access.
In August 2012, this trail was suddenly blocked by large concrete boulders at different locations about half a kilometer from the trail head. Hong Kong Resort Company, the developer of Discovery Bay, has admitted that it is undertaking some ‘construction work’ in the stretch of land engulfed by these boulders.
Hong Kong Resort has attempted to build an alternate trail bypassing this construction site. However, being poorly designed and half completed, this alternate trail, punctuated by several hidden cliffs on it course, is not only dangerous to prospective hikers, but also completely inaccessible to bicycles.
This footpath, bypassing the construction site, must be accessible to both hikers and bicycles.